Takoma Park Alternative Gifts Fair, Saturday Dec. 1st

Come out Saturday Dec. 1st to Takoma Park's Alternative Gifts Fair! With a bake sale, Santa, and a variety of local organizations represented, this is a great way to kick off the month of December!


14th Annual Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12-4 pm

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

310 Tulip Avenue (corner of Tulip & Maple), three blocks from the Takoma Metro Station

Takoma Park, MD 20912

For Information or to Volunteer: Contact Mimi Ikle-Khalsa, Fair Director at 301-891-8891or email at aggw_inc@yahoo.com

Fun, festivity and holiday shopping the generous way – buy alternative gifts that honor family and friends while helping those in need.  All money donated for gifts goes to the participating local, national, and international charities. Sample gifts include a nutritious school meal for indigenous children in Guatemala, a  Four Day College Visit for One Girl or a preventive well-woman exam.  Each charity will be represented by its own staff and volunteers eager to share their message and stories.

Bring the whole family. A special supervised Kids Corner will be provided with staff to entertain your children while you shop or get a free massage.  “Eat one/Share one” cookie decorating for  kids to decorate and donate cookies to the food pantry.  The event also features free seated massage, live music by local performers, and tons of great raffle prizes contributed by local businesses and this year a sweet and savory bake sale with a contest for best bake sale item.

Note: Payments by cash or check and this year credit cards will be accepted and paid for by AGGW so 100% of YOUR DOLLARS will still go to the organizations. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Sponsored by Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington www.aggw.org

What Is An Alternative Gift Fair?

It’s a fun holiday bazaar where “shopping” means donating money to non-profits in the name of your loved ones. There’ a bake sale, free massage live music, kids activities and raffle prizes from generous local businesses.

It’s where you get to learn about local and international organizations, vetted by AGGW, who are offering a diverse array of gifts from $5 to $100 -. There is a cause for everyone on your list. You’ll get a Gift Certificate describing the organization and the gift, to give to your friend or family member.

It’s a way to combine support for worthy causes with the spirit of giving to celebrate the holidays.

Why An Alternative Gift Fair?

Because most people are not satisfied with the holiday gift exchange. Each year, millions of Americans face holiday shopping with fear and anxiety. This year’s economic uncertainties will make matters worse. A recent poll said that 84% of Americans would prefer a less materialistic holiday. Another reported that 85% of Americans like spending time with friends and family a lot, while only 17% placed the same priority on getting lots of presents. The good news is, we can still express our love through gift-giving, and we can make the shopping meaningful, enjoyable, and even inspirational at the Alternative Gift Fair.

About Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington

AGGW (http://www.aggw.org) grew from a project of the Center for a New American Dream when they hosted, the first Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair in 1999. After five successful years, the project evolved into an incorporated, nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors. Today, AGGW sponsors or helps advertise alternative gift events throughout the DC region. Another will take place in downtown Washington(contact  HYPERLINK "mailto:aggw_inc@yahoo.com"aggw_inc@yahoo.com for details about our DC fair ).  Alternative gift giving is a worldwide phenomenon supported by religious and civic organizations across the US during the holiday season.

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Jenni Pompi November 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I went to this fair years ago - it's a great place to find unique gifts.


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